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4.0 out of 5 stars Authentic, 13 Jan. 2014
This review is from: Man on the Run: Paul McCartney in the 1970s (Hardcover)
I have read many Beatles and Beatles solo books in the last 35 years and it takes something to teach me things I didn't know. This book taught me plenty,helped by his access to Paul and several Wings members. I love the bit where Doyle askes McCartney about hypothetical Beatles albums from the 1970s. I once compiled four Beatles double albums from the solo work in the 1970s. The last one,covering 1976-1980 made more difficult by the absence of Lennon material to choose from. Here it is only touched upon, but full marks to Tom Doyle for at least canvassing Paul's opinion (although Jet with Imagine and My Sweet Lord doesn't make sense chronologically. Rather Uncle Albert than Jet me thinks!) The book covers the 1975-6 period especially well and the London Town recording sessions. I personally would have like more assessment of the songs. I didn't agree with his favourites from Red Rose Speedway. I like One More Kiss and the medley the best,and Big Barn Bed mind you! And My Love of course. Seems like Paul has chosen to not even remember the medley. OK it's not Abbey Road but all the segments except Lazy Dynamite work for me. Hands of Love in particular. Get One The Right Thing is my least favourite. Horses for courses I guess. This book is very fair in its assessment of various rumours,unlike Guilliano's Blackbird which is just too sensationalist. I don't trust Jo Jo Laine/Petrie's memories too much. An opportunist if ever there was one. Thanks Tom for writing about 70s Paul,if not forgotten then surely underrated. I'm sure Lennon's comment about The Long And Winding Road being Paul's last gasp was only made comparing his 70s work to his unsurpassable contribution to The Beatles. Fascinating to wonder whether Lennon was watching Paul's interview with US TV on November 27 1980 less than two weeks before he was killed. I hadn't made that connection before. It seems strange that Paul was not asked about Double Fantasy (released 10 days earlier) in that interview,instead being asked about a Lennon derogatory remark. Typical of the press unfortunately. Good book,with a good ending. Denny Laine is given fair coverage but it's interesting that Paul hardly mentions Denny Laine in his interviews,which is a pity in my opinion as he contributed a great deal. Now that is one reunion I'd love to see :-)
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Initial post: 13 Jan 2014 22:31:57 GMT
Mister Kite says:
I wonder whether Tom Doyle accosted Denny Laine in the urinals and forced him to sign his Badfinger album!
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